Stellar recently conducted the world’s largest known lab study on 311 used devices comprising -hard drives, memory cards, and mobile phones- to ascertain the plausibility of residual data on these devices. This systematic study presents empirical evidence on the risks of data breach while disposing off used devices.
out of the total 311 devices analyzed contained PII (Personally Identifiable Information), personal data, and sensitive business data.
devices had undeleted residual data that showed up on simply connecting the media to the PC.
These are just some examples of the data left behind.
are vulnerable to Personal Data / PII leakage risks.
Disposing off your used devices without proper media sanitization can result in breach of your intellectual property, financial reports, BI data, and trade secrets. These data threat scenarios can cause monetary loss, brand damage, and litigation.
Selling off your used device without properly sanitizing it can result in breach of your personal data and PII. Such confidential data can be misused for committing financial frauds, fake online transactions, and personal threats. Buying an insufficiently erased device may also end you up in possession of ‘illegal information’.
Businesses need to implement clearly defined policies, procedures, and tools to ensure proper media sanitization, while disposing off their IT assets. Though media can be sanitized internally or through a 3rd party IT Asset Disposition service vendor, it’s critical to organize regular data privacy & security audits to attain compliance with regulatory norms.
“By employing NAID’s principles to conduct the study, STELLAR has assured the results are accurate and the personal information found in the process was fully protected at all times.”
“I hope this study finds its purpose to build awareness about the potential risk amongst all stakeholders including law enforcement agencies, regulators, consumers, data protection officers and professional information destruction providers. ”
FOUNDER AND CEO, STELLAR